while the computer is on i'll be doing something searching the web or looking up guitar tabs or listening to media player then the computer starts running like it's looking for something or a program is running and now i have to wait ti'll it catches up with it self it starts to run slow i try to close a window but have to wait.something is running in the back ground that little green lite on the computer is on constantly when the lite goes out it's back to normal
I've been having a similar problem for about a week now. Using Task Manager, I've observed some services constantly reading & writing and using lots of CPU, specifically: winlogon.exe - intermittent high cpu; realplay.exe - several instances running and some of them using up to 40% cpu; svchost.exe - several instances running (as many as 7 at times) with lots of I/O; cisvc.exe - constant I/O; cidaemon.exe - constant I/O; lsass.exe - constant I/O. This is while no app's are running. Opening Outlook or MS Word or IE takes forever - and they run slower than usual when they finally open. Thought it may have somehting to do with the Indexing Service so stopped that and made it Manual Start but that didn't help. Running XP Home on a Dell 2400 with 1024 MB ram. HD only 40 gb with just 3.7 gb free space. Any ideas what's causing the slowness? (I also have an old HP laptop with same O/S but it's working fine.) (Using McAfee and Spybot S&D - both up to date so don't think it's a virus issue.)
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